DESIGN & TRADE DRESS

Design Filing

Design refers to the aesthetic or ornamental aspects of an article or product and can include various elements such as its patterns, shapes, configurations, and compositions of lines or colors.

Einfolge Technologies has a decade of experience in providing professional design registration services. It is important for creators to protect their intellectual property by registering their designs to legally disclose their work. It’s worth noting that design registration provides the owner with exclusive rights to use and license their design and the right to take legal action against anyone who infringes upon those rights.

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The primary objective of filing a design patent application is to obtain legal protection for one's intellectual property rights over a particular design, ensuring that competitors or others do not use it for commercial purposes without the creator's express permission It is a vital method for businesses to protect their investments in costly research and development and guarantee that their distinctive and ground-breaking innovations are not imitated by others.

Although design patents do not protect the utilitarian features of a product, they are still essential for businesses that invest heavily in product design, particularly in industries such as electronics and computer peripherals. Obtaining a design patent helps companies protect their assets and maintain their competitive advantage. Furthermore, the protection provided by a design patent lasts for 15 years, including the initial 10-year period as mandatory and the possibility of a 5-year renewal. After this period, the design falls into the public domain, and anyone can copy it without fear of infringing on intellectual property rights.

Design applications can be either ordinary or reciprocal. An ordinary application is one that does not claim priority over any previously filed applications, while a reciprocal application claims priority over a previously filed application in a convention country.

If an applicant wants to file a reciprocal application in India, they must do so within six months from the date of filing in a convention country. It cannot be extended for any reason.

Einfolge’s Design Filing Process

Einfolge’s comprehensive design filing process begins with identifying the design elements to be protected and determining the filing strategy.

Before filing the design patent application, we conduct a thorough search using relevant databases to ensure the uniqueness of the design and that it does not infringe upon any existing patents or designs.

Once the design search is complete, we prepare a design patent application by drafting detailed specifications and drawings that accurately depict the design to be protected. We ensure that all the necessary documents and fees are submitted on time and provide regular updates on the status of the application.

We handle all aspects of the prosecution process, including responding to office actions, addressing objections and rejections, and making amendments to the application. Once the design patent application is approved, we ensure that the client receives the design patent certificate promptly. We also provide maintenance and renewal services to ensure that the design patent remains valid throughout its entire duration.

Why should you trust Einfolge for design filing?

  • Einfolge is a leading global intellectual property (IP) consulting firm with a team of highly skilled and experienced IP professionals specializing in design filing and prosecution services.
  • We can help you navigate the complex legal and technical requirements of the design patent application process with ease.
  • We are committed to providing high-quality services and have robust quality assurance processes in place.
  • Our client-centric approach puts the client's needs first, and we strive to provide tailored solutions that meet their specific requirements and ensure that clients receive regular updates.
  • Our cost-effective design, filing, and prosecution services offer flexible pricing models to suit different budgets and requirements, ensuring that clients receive value for their money.
  • Einfolge’s global reach allows us to provide seamless design filing and prosecution services across multiple jurisdictions.

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